|Finance article submission:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Accounting article submission:||email@example.com|
We are a small team. Our responsibilities are shared. All of us are doing all of this a little bit. Having said this, the key responsibilities are as follows:
|Bhagwan Chowdhry|| Executive Editor. |
|David Aboody||Accounting Editor.|
|Ivo Welch||Publisher and Web Master.|
|Swati Desai and Lily Qiu||Production and Art Editors|
Update Jul 2016: Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a sponsor. Thus, issues #3 and #4 are likely to be our last FAMe issues. It was a good idea, but not every good idea flies.
The Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and some other journals collectively publish about 500 research articles every year. Even subscribers do not read most of their articles. Exposure of published research to practitioners and policy makers is even more limited and sporadic. Once in a while, a journalist from the Economist, Wall Street Journal or Financial Times features a research paper, generating a flurry of short-lived interest from many, a huge number of downloads, and fifteen minutes of fame for the authors. Most papers never receive such attention.
We are making a big change. We are starting a new magazine-style publication, called Finance & Accounting Memos (FAMe). FAMe will invite authors of articles accepted for publication in top finance and accounting journals (and occasionally beyond) to write 3-5-page versions that explain the main ideas and results in language that make the ideas more accessible to broader audiences. FAMe versions should not cut-and-paste from the abstract, introduction and conclusion of the original article, but distill the paper's key propositions, with a few equations and/or some key tables or figures. FAMe will be a "cross-over" magazine, clearly academic in nature, yet understandable by interested and smart non-academics.
FAMe will strongly emphasize citations and web-links to the original journal articles and discourage citing the FAMe synopses. There will never be any doubt where the real and original research is published. We have already communicated with the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting Research and Journal of Accounting and Economics. Most will allow the FAMe versions to appear after the original article is published on their website. Some will allow publication only after the original article appears in print. This is a courtesy—the papers for FAMe will be original, with excerpts, making them fair-use. FAMe wants to fight for our academic journals, not against them. The copyright will remain with the paper authors, although authors need to grant FAMe and the original publication journal a non-exclusive license to publish the paper.
We believe that FAMe will make our journals, profession, and society better off. Authors and journals will garner more visibility, readership, and citations for their papers. Readers will find it easier to become aware of research that is not in their own narrow fields of interest. Doctoral students will find it easier to digest a larger amount of current research quickly and efficiently. MBA students and practitioners will find academic research more accessible and relevant. Professors may assign FAMe versions in their classes. Journalists and policy makers will find it easier to access current relevant research to guide public debate and policy questions.
FAMe will be published both in print format and online. The print version will look like a magazine, perhaps in color, with tables and figures redone by professional graphic artists. The online version will be iPad and Kindle friendly.
FAMe will rely on a team of co-editors and associate editors to help. FAMe plans to ask many of you to help us from time to time. It will supplement the editorial review with assistance from doctoral students and some select MBA students. The job of the editorial team will not be to referee papers. This is accomplished by the original publication. The point is to improve the accessibility of the FAMe version.
We are publishing the first issue of FAMe in early 2014. As with any new journals, the first few issues will be its biggest challenge. Of course, FAMe will only succeed if all of us collectively see value in it, contribute to it, and provide suggestions for improvement.